Windows 11, the latest Insider Preview build has added an interesting widget

Windows 11, the latest Insider Preview build has added an interesting widget

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Microsoft has released a new Insider Preview build of Windows 11 on the Dev and Beta channels. Build 22000.168 adds a couple of new features to the operating system, including a new widget for Microsoft 365 apps, an updated Microsoft Store, and several bug fixes.

Credit: Microsoft The new Microsoft 365 widget is the The highlight of this update is that you can instantly see the latest activities related to Office 365 applications, such as recently used documents, news and meeting recordings, all from the Windows 11 widget page. The goal is to get information quickly relevant without the need to browse through many documents. Currently that functionality is limited to documents, news and meetings, but the Redmond company promises that it will be much more functional in the future as more updates arrive.

Credit: Microsoft The only big downside is its exclusivity for business users. You must be signed in to an Azure Active Directory (ADD) account to use the widget and the company has not specified whether or not it will be available to owners of a simple Microsoft account in the future. The company has also added support for multiple languages ​​to the Microsoft Team Chat app. The list is very extensive and includes over 50 languages.

Dev channel users have received a new update for the Microsoft Store that refreshes the entire library user interface, providing easier navigation and improved performance. In addition, the Spotlight design for the products promoted on the home page has been optimized to offer a more accurate preview. Microsoft promises to implement the Store update on the Beta channel once the absence of major bugs is confirmed.

Credit: Microsoft Several bugs have also been fixed in this update, including:

Search: Pens can now launch apps from the search results page. Settings: typing certain phrases in the search box will no longer block the Settings app. Widget: the family widget should no longer unexpectedly report a message that says "connect a device to see screen usage" even though there are activities to display. Chat from Microsoft Teams: Fixed an issue where video playback would freeze or a black screen would appear during a video call. Furthermore, switching from one call to another should no longer automatically put the previous call on hold.

How to install Windows 11 on computers that aren’t supported

a laptop computer sitting on top of a wooden table: Windows 11 Install © Provided by BGR Windows 11 Install

The Windows 11 hardware requirements saga continues with a few significant developments. Microsoft did a better job of explaining why some older PCs can’t run the latest Windows version. One of the options available to Windows 10 users who do not qualify for the Windows 11 upgrade is… to install Windows 11. Microsoft appears to have caved to pressure from users who aren’t thrilled about the prospect of having to upgrade their hardware to get Windows 11. The company will officially let anyone install Windows 11 on their PCs, even if the device doesn’t pass the PC Health Check app test. But there are some important caveats to consider. Spoiler alert, this doesn’t end well.

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Why your PC might fail the Windows 11 upgrade check

Microsoft will release the final Windows 11 version this fall, but you can test the public beta right now. Before upgrading to Windows 10, you’ll have to run the PC Health Check app on your device. The app will tell you if your hardware meets the minimum requirements.

Two issues might prevent a seamless upgrade, one of which can be easily fixed. If your PC doesn’t have TPM 2.0 enabled in BIOS, it’ll fail the upgrade check. You can fix this yourself with ease. Secondly, Microsoft might not support your PC’s processor. In this case, you won’t be allowed to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 11. Microsoft published a new blog post explaining the Windows 11 hardware requirements again.

Microsoft says it’ll continue to support Windows 10 through October 14th, 2025, so there’s no pressure to ditch your old computer just yet.

How to install Windows 11 on unsupported computers

You might not want to buy a new computer. If you still want to run Windows 11 on a computer that failed the upgrade test, you can do so by performing a clean Windows 11 install. Microsoft told The Verge it plans to provide a Windows 11 ISO file to users who choose this route. You’ll download the Windows 11 installation kit from Microsoft and perform the install manually.

This is where we’ll mention the first caveat. There are no links for the Windows 11 ISO right now. Don’t look for one on file sharing sites, as whatever you download might be riddled with malware. Also, these Windows 11 ISO installs might not be available during the beta.

Secondly, and just as important, this isn’t a way to upgrade Windows 10. This is the annoying route of getting a brand new Windows 11 installation. It won’t be a seamless upgrade that lets you keep all your Windows 10 data and apps. Instead, you’ll need to back everything up and install Windows 11 cleanly on the computer, or perhaps on a different partition. Then you’ll have to install all the apps you had running on Windows 10 and bring over your data.

There’s one more thing, and it’s incredibly bad news. Microsoft hasn’t removed its TPM 2.0 requirement because the company wants Windows 11 to be more secure than ever. If you go the Windows 11 ISO install route, you’ll wave goodbye to all Windows Updates — even security updates. This is not an approach we’d recommend to anyone.


Finally, there’s performance to consider. Microsoft says it saw 52% more kernel mode crashes (blue screens of death) with Windows 11 Insiders that didn’t meet the minimum requirements. Also, unsupported PCs are 17% more likely to experience hanging apps and 43% more likely to have first-party apps crash.

“Machines that met the requirements provided a 99.8% crash-free experience that is effectively managed by OEMs and IHVs through modern driver update management,” Microsoft explained in its blog post.

You’ll have plenty of time to decide how to proceed if your Windows 10 device doesn’t support the regular install path to Windows 11. You’ll want to read about Microsoft’s new minimum requirements updates to understand everything. The blog explains exactly why the hardware requirements are in place. It also includes a few critical updates. First of all, more Intel chips support Windows 11 than before. Also, the PC Health Check app will explain exactly why your PC doesn’t support the Windows 11 upgrade. However, the blog doesn’t address Windows 11 ISO installs at this time.

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